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Glasgow Programme

The programme for Nursing in Practice Scotland 2018 is in development. In the meantime, take a look the 2017 agenda below. If you are interested in taking part in any speaking opportunities, please email

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*Please note, this information is correct at the current time. Cogora reserve the right to amend content without prior warning. 

08.45 – 09.20 Registration and networking

Chronic conditions

Women’s and men’s health

Community health
09.20 – 09.30

Chair’s opening remarks

Rhona Aikman, Practice Nurse, Gourock Medical Practice, Advisory Board member, Nursing in Practice

Chair’s opening remarks

Mari Brannigan, Director of Nursing – Partnerships, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Chair’s opening remarks

Moira Dowden, Scottish Practice Nurses Association

09.30 – 10.10

Achieving HbA1c targets is a challenge: How can SGLT2 inhibitors help you manage type 2 diabetes?

  • Current treatment options for patients.
  • Comparing SGLT2 inhibitors with sulphonylureas and DPP4 inhibitors.
  • Practical case studies.

Dr Adie Viljoen, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Hertfordshire

Supported by Janssen

Prostate cancer follow up within the primary care setting

  • Promoting education about disease management and self-management.
  • Monitoring patient progress.
  • Supporting patients living with and beyond cancer.

Brian McGlynn, Nurse Consultant, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Current trends in sexual and reproductive health

  • Who we are, services we offer and where to find us
  • What’s available to patients via Pharmacy?
  • What’s new and available in contraception?

Moira Young, Clinical Coordinator, Sandyford Practice

10.15 – 10.55

Reviewing the treatment options for psoriasis

  • Assessing disease severity and identifying comorbidities.
  • First line and second line therapy for psoriasis.
  • Impact on functional, psychological and social well-being. 

Sandra Hanlon, Dermatology Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

The biggest killer of men: Addressing the gender disparity in suicide

  • Psychological and personality factors.
  • Recognising possible triggers and signs of depression.
  • How can we explain the gender difference?  

Dr Sarah Holmes, Consultant Psychiatrist, Leverndale Hospital

Liver cirrhosis: there’s more of it out there than you think

  • Recognising cirrhosis in asymptomatic individuals.
  • What are the causes?
  • Outlining the advancement of Hepatitis C management.

Dr Neil Lachlan, Consultant Hepatologist, Gastroenterologist and General Physician, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

10.55 – 11.25 Exhibition and networking
11.30 – 12.10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Cognitive-communication disorders in adult acquired and degenerative neurological disorders

  • How cognitive impairment impedes effective communication and comprehension
  • Advice for how to best interact with your patients in the community

Claire Ann Balfour, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Traumatic Brain Injury, Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitiation Centre, Lanarkshire

12.15 – 12.55 

Progressive renal disease: How to manage with co-existing type 2 diabetes

Jill Hill, Co-Chair, TREND-UK

Sponsored by MSD

The bare bones of osteoporosis care

  • Impact of physical activity and diet.
  • How is osteoporosis linked to the menopause?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of hormone therapy.

Katrina Martin, Menopause/Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist, Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

An update on the latest in travel immunisation

  • Why do a travel risk assessment?
  • Vaccines – what’s new?
  • Advising patients when there is no vaccine – malaria and the Zika virus.

Clare Henderson, Travel Nurse Specialist, Director, TREC Travel Health Training, Director, The Travel Clinic

12.55 – 13.55 Exhibition, networking and lunch
13.55 – 14.35

Optimising quality of life for heart failure patients

  • Intervention and treatment options.
  • Understanding the impact of comorbidities.
  • Giving patients and carers the skills to self-monitor.

Eve Shannon, Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Heart Failure, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Management of epilepsy in primary care and the community

  • Understanding different seizure types.
  • Tailoring treatment plans for the individual.
  • Advice for specific groups.

Lesslie Young, Chief Executive, Epilepsy Scotland

Understanding the link between physical and mental health

  • Link between physical and mental health.
  • Long term conditions and associated mood changes.
  • Psychological approaches available from the Primary Care Mental Health perspective.

Alison Fletcher Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, East Renfrewshire Primary Care Mental Health Team

14.35 – 15.05 Exhibition and networking
15.05 – 15.45

 Tackling the big obesity problem

  • The challenge we face.
  • The need for leadership, engagement and policy.
  • Preventative measures needed.

Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland

15.45 –16.25

 Understanding sepsis: What’s new and what’s different?

  • Understanding the care pathway including epidemiology and recognition.
  • Key points from the SIGN guidelines, STAG reviews and the Scottish patient safety work.
  • Recommendations on action nurses should take in the community. 

Eddie Docherty, Director of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professions, NHS Dumfries and Galloway

16.30 Close of conference

*Please note that this is a draft agenda and subject to change

**We would like to thank our exhibitors for supporting this meeting, which includes a number of pharmaceutical companies. Unless stated in your programme they have had no input into the agenda, speaker selection or content.